"I am very grateful that I'm alive": The cyclist Fabio Jakobsen thanks the accident doctors for saving his life after the Dutchman's horror crash left him in a coma on the Poland tour
- Fabio Jakobsen was meters ahead of victory on the first stage of the Tour of Poland
- The Dutch champion jumped over the finish line barriers after a collision
- The crash left Jakobsen in a coma after hitting the deck at high speed
- He also had to undergo facial surgery, but thanked him for his life
Fabio Jakobsen has declared his relief that he was only alive after the Dutchman's terrifying fall while traveling to Poland had brought him into a coma.
The high-speed vault of the Deceuninck-QuickStep-Star over the finish line barriers in Katowice caused the spectators to shrink after the collision of the talented sprinter with the rival Dylan Groenewegen.
The 23-year-old woke up from his coma two days later and had to undergo facial surgery. He faces a long road to recovery before thinking of getting his Tour de France dreams back on track.
Fabio Jakobsen started his long journey to recovery from a life-threatening crash in Poland
The 23-year-old was brought into a coma after a collision on the first stage of the Tour of Poland
The Dutchman had severe facial injuries and woke up from a coma two days later
"The accident doctors and nurses at the finish line in Katowice saved my life for which I am very grateful," said the Dutch national champions.
“It was a difficult, dark time for me in the intensive care unit, where I was afraid I would not survive
They immediately operated on me for five hours and gave me the chance to live. I am very grateful to all of the staff at this hospital.
“I want everyone to know that I am very grateful that I am still alive. All the messages and supportive words gave me enormous strength.
Jakobsen is one of the aspiring sprinters in cycling who has not yet made his debut in the Tour de France
“Step by step, I can slowly look into the future and will fight to recover. I am at home where the wounds on my face and injuries can continue to recover. & # 39;
Jakobsen added that he will need more surgery on his facial wounds and will be forced to rest after a "severe concussion".
Groenewegen was the first to cross the finish line but was disqualified before being disqualified from the race by his Jumbo Visma team for healing from a broken collarbone while the sports association, the UCI, is deciding on his punishment.
Groenwegen (left in yellow) caused outrage with his train and is excluded from the race
The riders have to sprint in a straight line after starting their final climb, and Groenewegen's dangerous move to block the onrushing Jakobsen, who was supposed to overtake his compatriot and claim victory, sparked outrage.
The Jumbo Visma star replied, “I can't find words to describe how sorry I am for Fabio and the others who crashed or were involved.
“What matters most now is Fabio's health. I think about him all the time. & # 39;
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